I haven’t posted in so long because I sort of washed my hands of the remodel for a couple months – after major hiccups with the kitchen and custom cabinets including a ‘cabinet maker’ who basically didn’t really know what he was doing and delivered a few very poorly built and warped cabinets, our contractor finally found a new cabinet maker, who has been great. However, it has been 2 months since he started the rebuild of the cabinets that had been built (he pretty much had to take them apart and put them back together) and we had some issues with communication between our contractor and the cabinet maker (not the fault of the cabinet maker). But finally, the remainder of the cabinets have been delivered and installed. It has been 5 months now without a kitchen, and with a 3 1/2 year old and a 5 month old who has started eating baby food, it has been a huge challenge. When we started this phase of the remodel back on December 27th, we were told it would be done by the end of January. Hence my frustration and exasperation. So,  I’m so excited for the light at the end of the tunnel!

All of our appliances are in the little space between the living room and kitchen, which is not awesome. But, we ran out of room in the garage since it is full of boxes!:

All of these cabinets are currently birch ply and will be painted. The uppers and the whole bank of tall cabinets running the span of the back wall will be walnut. We would have liked to do all walnut, but budget didn’t allow it and I am sort of digging the two tone look.

More to come soon, I promise, as since I drafted this post counters have been installed and cabinets have been painted!

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Work here has been chugging along – slowly but surely. Almost everything is complete except the kitchen and the final punch list. Of course, the kitchen is major and we’ve had some major hiccups with regard to horrible subs, but that seems to be water under the bridge now (fingers crossed). Until I have a chance to clean up and take some real pics, here are some iphone snapshots of some little vignettes in our house that are completed. So much to do – but I have started hanging stuff on the walls which makes me SO happy.

Cash’s travel and adventure themed room is finally coming together – will have a proper blog post on that soon.

I DIYed a custom sheet for Cash’s crib with some custom fabric from Spoonflower. I love the way it turned out.

Finally hung some art in Zoey’s room, including a custom gallery wrap that I designed with a photo I took on our trip to Palm Springs last year.

The exterior of the house is very close to done (just need a new sidewalk and landscaping). Here is a sneak peek.

I finally took some pics of Z and Cash and made them into a gallery wrap to hang in our living area.

Also made a custom changing pad cover and wall art for Cash’s room (photo taken by me in Colorado)

I’m in love with our breakfast nook. I’ll also have a separate post on that coming soon with sources:)

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I’m excited to share the lights for our dining area. I found them over a year ago at the Four Hands Warehouse sale for cheap (I think they were around $20-30 each?)! I didn’t love the finish for our house though, so they got a makeover – semi gloss white spray paint on the outside, pewter sparkly paint on the inside, and new black and white houndstooth cords from etsy. LOVE the finished result – they have so much presence in the space!

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Today I just wanted to share a quick before and after of our breakfast banquette. We found it on Craigslist probably about 18 months ago, in desperate need of new padding and upholstery. At the time we didn’t have a spot for it to go, but I just had to have it. It’s been taking up (a lot of) space in our garage since then. I was SO Happy to drop it at the upholsterer, and even more excited to pick it up and actually bring it into the house and start using it! More pics to come of it in it’s spot, but for now here is the before and after. They did an amazing job. Our upholsterer does a lot of car/boat upholstery, so despite this being a pain in the a#%$ to redo (he told us so) – he had a ton of leather looking vinyl swatches to choose from. I selected a very smooth leather like medium gray vinyl and I just love it. It looks/feels just like leather and it’s so easy to clean. FYI, he used about 12 yards vinyl and at about $17/yd it came to $200 for materials plus the actual upholstery labor was $900. All the tufting as you can imagine is very time consuming. I can’t imagine how much some other places in town would have charged, because our upholsterer is VERY reasonable.

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From when we bought our house, I have been itching to pull that hideous green 1980′s carpet off of the stairs and completely redo them! Finally we had that chance and boy do they look different! The carpet was pulled up and all of the nails and tacks removed. The old handrail was wobbly and was also torn out. The treads themselves were in great condition and were a really nice oak, so we decided to stain them a warm gray. Then, we tiled the risers with a mottled turquoise penny round tile from overstock.com. Love the final result!

The hideous before and during. Note the Krispy Kreme used to bribe the workers.

The treads look a lot more green in the photo than in real life.

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